Tudor Dixon, the Republican Party’s pick to run the state of Michigan, mocked her incumbent opponent on Friday for being the goal of a kidnapping plot that landed a number of the organizers in federal prison.
Greater than a dozen men were arrested in 2020 for conspiring to capture Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) by force, potentially to kill her.
Dixon attempted to attract a parallel between the kidnapping scheme and Whitmer’s policies, which Dixon says are bad for Michigan businesses, but she ended up delivering a bizarre punchline.
“The sad thing is that Gretchen will tie your hands, put a gun to your head and ask for those who’re able to talk. For somebody so fearful about being kidnapped, Gretchen Whitmer sure is nice at taking business hostage and holding it for ransom,” Dixon said.
Her comments elicited applause from the gang of about 300 on the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan, in line with The Detroit News.
Whitmer’s campaign responded with a press release emphasizing the severity of the conspiracy against her.
“Threats of violence ― whether to Governor Whitmer or to candidates and elected officials on the opposite side of the aisle ― aren’t any laughing matter, and the incontrovertible fact that Tudor Dixon thinks it’s a joke shows that she is totally unfit to serve in public office,” it read.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said Dixon’s comments were “repugnant.”
“Anyone who would make light of such an effort isn’t fit to carry public office at any level,” Nessel wrote in a tweet.
This statement is repugnant. @GovWhitmer is the victim of a really serious plot to kidnap and assassinate her. Anyone who would make light of such an effort isn’t fit to carry public office at any level. https://t.co/CUSCbWBMsE
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) September 23, 2022
But Dixon was not deterred, mocking Whitmer at a distinct event afterward Friday. She recalled the governor’s meeting with President Joe Biden ultimately week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
“The look on her face was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is going on. I’d fairly be kidnapped by the FBI,’” Dixon said, describing Biden’s hand touching Whitmer’s.
Dixon went on to repeat her earlier line for Detroit crowd, too.
“Earlier today I said, ‘, Gretchen Whitmer, since she’s so fearful about kidnapping, she shouldn’t have held our businesses hostage.’ They usually were like, ‘She made this joke about kidnapping,’” Dixon said. “And I’m like, no, that wasn’t a joke. When you were afraid of that, you need to know what it’s to have your life ripped away from you.”
It was an apparent reference to Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic.
Whitmer’s communications director, Maeve Coyle, responded Friday to the escalation.
Here’s Tudor Dixon doubling down on jokes about threats of violence against Gov. Whitmer:
“The look on her face was like… I’d fairly be kidnapped by the FBI”
— Maeve Coyle (@maevemcoyle) September 23, 2022
Dixon supports eliminating personal income tax and slashing nearly in half what her website calls “Michigan’s enormous regulatory code” with a purpose to “unlock economic growth and attract latest businesses and workforce talent to the state.” Dixon would “rapidly enact pro-growth policies and rehabilitate the state’s image as hostile to business,” but her website doesn’t offer much detail.
She secured an endorsement from former President Donald Trump this summer.
In October 2020, the FBI charged six men with federal crimes for plotting to kidnap Whitmer, while several others accused of being involved were charged with state crimes.
The boys were particularly offended in regards to the precautions Whitmer enacted to forestall the spread of COVID-19 within the early stages of the pandemic. Certainly one of them told an FBI informant that he needed 200 men to “storm” the state Capitol in order that they could capture Whitmer and put her on trial in Wisconsin for “treason,” in line with the FBI affidavit.